Surly Brewing Co. started construction Tuesday on its new "destination brewery" in Minneapolis.
Based in Brooklyn Center, Minn., the company plans to build a $20-million facility on Malcolm Avenue and 5th Street SE, which is within walking distance from the Prospect Park station on the Green Line Light Rail Transit project that will likely open this summer, Finance & Commerce reported.
Surly has become a Minnesota mainstay along with other craft breweries popping up in the Twin Cities, including Fulton, 612 Brew, Badger Hill, Boom Island, Excelsior Brewing Co., Harriet Brewing, Lift Bridge and others.
Surly's year-round brews include Furious, Bender, Coffee Bender, CynicAle and Hell -- all of which are sold in cans and can also be found on tap at a slew of local bars.
News of the groundbreaking may even inspire local politicians to crack open a cold one in the morning. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak expressed his excitement about the project on Tuesday morning via Twitter.
@MayorRTRybak: Is it too early for me to have a Furious to celebrate today's @surlybrewing groundbreaking? #MaybeAfter9am
Photos from the groundbreaking event show the mayor, and several others, did enjoy some suds at the site in what was clearly a happy hour for the company and its customers.